The OnePlus 7 Pro accompanied me on a daily basis for several weeks. After my handling of the other time, the time has come to get down to business and start testing this flagship not quite like the others.
Since the creation of the brand, OnePlus has always had an image of flagship killer by offering high-end devices at very low prices.
However, as the years go by, the note has grown saltier. To finally reach the peak with the OnePlus 7 Pro, the price of which fluctuates between 709 and 829 €.
This price earned the firm strong criticism, especially since the previous model started at around € 559.
And I think it's important to start by putting things in context a bit. Contrary to what has been said by many media, the OnePlus 7 Pro is absolutely no successor to the OnePlus 6T. In reality, this is a brand new product positioned on a whole new range and it is essential to keep this idea in mind during all this test.
A test which, as usual, will go quite far. We will of course start by reviewing the design and ergonomics of the terminal, but we will not stop there since we will then focus on its screen, its processor, its autonomy and its photo module, to finally finish with its platform. .
Design & Ergonomics
The OnePlus 7 Pro surprises from the first minutes spent in its company. If the terminal still has a glass case and a metal frame, its finishes are very neat and they have absolutely nothing to envy a Galaxy S10 or P30 Pro, for example.
OnePlus has indeed gone quite far on this issue and it is enough to take the phone in hand for a few seconds to achieve the manufacturer's move upmarket.
The device is really beautiful and the two curved glass plates making up its case give it a lot of character.
You know, the OnePlus 7 Pro is available in several colors. It is possible to take it in blue, white or gray. It is this last version that was entrusted to me by the brand. However, in addition to the color, OnePlus also chose to apply a different treatment to the backplate of each model, with a matte effect on the blue version and a mirror effect on the gray version.
This mirror effect is of course very successful, but it also has the annoying tendency to make the phone very messy. It will suffice to manipulate it for a few seconds to see a constellation of fingerprints appear on the back plate.
And it's not better on the screen side. To protect its OnePlus 7 Pro, the manufacturer has not skimped and the glass window is thus covered with a protective film. A plastic film very sensitive to fingerprints too.
Fortunately, it will be quite possible to remove it and replace it, for example, with a tempered glass pane benefiting from an oleophobic treatment. I got one from Spigen for my iPhone Xs and I'm really happy with it.
The screen, since we are talking about it, is really stunning. We will of course come back to its properties later in the test, but we can at least talk about its display / facade ratio because it is simply exceptional.
OnePlus has in fact chosen to deport the front camera in a popup room located on the lower edge in order to save as much space as possible on the front. As a result of the races, the slab is surrounded by borders two millimeters thick at the top and bottom. And with the curved side behind, it really feels like you just have a screen in your hand, which is obviously very pleasant when you're consuming a lot of videos.
The ergonomics do not really change for the rest. The two volume buttons are on the left and the power button is on the right, below the switch. A switch that will allow you to switch in an instant from ringing mode to silent mode, via vibrate mode.
This famous switch has somewhat become the hallmark of OnePlus. It is found on all the latest devices of the brand and it is really a good thing that the brand has decided to institutionalize it because it is very practical on a daily basis.
The OnePlus 7 Pro also puts the package on biometrics. The fingerprint reader is placed directly under the slab and is larger than that of the previous generation. And be careful, because this is not a simple marketing argument. In fact, this famous reader works extremely well and it has not thrown me once in 15 days of intensive testing.
But if you prefer, you can also go for the built-in facial recognition system, a system that has always worked well at OnePlus and continues to work wonders. So admittedly, the function is not as secure as at Apple with Face ID, but at least it has the merit of being very fast.
Very fast, yes, but not the fastest either. The OnePlus 7 Pro is indeed dependent on its popup front camera and the deployment time of the latter considerably increases the identification process.
The OnePlus 7, for example, is much more responsive than the “Pro” model and it takes about a second less to recognize us.
The OnePlus 7 Pro also has another interesting feature. It has two different speakers. The first is located above the panel, in the space between the screen and the edge of the case, and the second is on the upper edge. We will come back to this point a little later in the test, but I can at least tell you that the stereo sound system will have a very positive impact on our immersion.
However, it should be noted that the terminal does not have a headphone jack. As a single connector, there is therefore a USB Type-C port. A port located near the card hatch.
Overall, the OnePlus 7 Pro is quite large and quite heavy in the hand. This is not necessarily a fault, however. Each product corresponds to a particular use. OnePlus has chosen to place the focus here on multimedia. The terminal therefore needed an imposing screen. As for the weight, well that's the price to pay when using premium materials.
Screen, Processor & Autonomy
The time has now come to look at the more technical part, and therefore to address the question of the screen, the processor, the autonomy or the modem. Be careful, big cobblestone approaching.
If OnePlus has communicated a lot on the screen of the OnePlus 7 Pro since its launch, it is of course not by chance.
The terminal has a large 6.67-inch screen.
The manufacturer has opted for a Fluid AMOLED type panel with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 and a refresh rate of 90 Hz.
To explain the idea a little, the refresh rate of a screen actually refers to the number of images displayed each second on it. The higher the frequency, the greater the visual comfort, since everything seems extremely fluid.
In normal times, the refresh rate of a smartphone screen is around 60 Hz. The OnePlus 7 Pro panel therefore goes much further.
Very concretely, this is reflected in different ways. First of all, all the animations will be much smoother. This applies to navigation within applications, but also to scrolling the content displayed on the screen.
However, it is especially from a gaming perspective that the screen of the OnePlus 7 Pro performs well. The titles launched are indeed foolproof fluidity and this of course reinforces the user's immersion. Everything indeed seems more alive.
Be careful, however, because you get used to this beautiful screen very quickly. So much so that it is suddenly difficult to go back to a traditional 60 Hz panel
The refresh rate is not the only advantage of the phone panel, however. The latter is also capable of displaying QHD + and therefore a 3120 x 1440 resolution. A resolution that will be of particular interest to people wishing to immerse themselves in virtual reality experiences or who consume a lot of 4K content. For the others, it will be preferable to take a tour in the platform settings in order to switch to FHD + just to gain a little autonomy.
During the OnePlus 7 Pro presentation press conference, OnePlus notably highlighted the rating awarded by DisplayMate. The organization has indeed assigned an A + to the panel of the device, with the added bonus of a dithyrambic report to the key.
In reality, however, all is not perfect. The screen of the OnePlus 7 Pro is indeed a little less bright than that of a Galaxy S10 and the colors are a little too bright by default. Rest assured, however, because it will suffice to go to the platform options and more precisely those devoted to screen calibration, to activate the advanced parameters and switch to AMOLED Wide Gammut or, better, to SRGB or Display P3. These last two modes guarantee a slightly more natural colorimetry.
As a bonus, the OnePlus 7 Pro screen is also HDR10 + compatible and it also includes certification for Netflix, YouTube or even Prime Video. Very concretely, this means that the panel will be able to display more contrasted images, with extended dynamics. We will therefore recover more details in the shadows and highlights, which will result in a deeper image.
And it works extremely well. It is enough to start playing a video on Netflix to see the interest of the function. Everything seems both sharper and more “true”. The immersion is therefore increased, especially as the borderless nature of the screen leaves less room for distractions.
To animate its terminal, OnePlus left on a Snapdragon 855 coupled with 6, 8 or 12 GB of RAM, with a storage space of between 128 and 256 GB in UFS 3.0. As far as I am concerned, this is the moment 8 GB that was loaned to me.
To get straight to the point, know that there is very little chance that you will manage to row the OnePlus 7 Pro. As far as I'm concerned, in any case, it remained fluid under all circumstances during these few weeks of testing and I did not manage to catch it.
Which is quite logical after all. The Snapdragon 855 is indeed a power watch and the UFS 3.0 benefits from very good read and write speeds. All this therefore translates into very good performance and it should also be noted that the OnePlus 7 Pro has won over 355,000 points on AnTuTu, which is frankly very impressive.
Finally, as long as we attach importance to benchmarks, of course.
The OnePlus 7 Pro has received quite a bit of criticism for its battery life. Which is logical since it does less well than the OnePlus 6T on this ground.
Now, the gap is not very significant either and it lasts for two or three hours maximum.
The OnePlus 7 Pro will thus hold the day without too much difficulty and it can even reach a day and a half by being careful.
On the other hand, we can regret that the terminal once again overlooks wireless charging. Admittedly, the latter does not only have admirers, but it remains very useful when you do not want to burden yourself with a charger.
Especially since the one sold with the OnePlus 7 Pro is far from being a featherweight. In fact, it is even quite bulky. Besides, to be honest, he also left me unsatisfied. It takes almost an hour and a half to fully charge the phone's battery.
If the Warp Charge 3.0 is quite fast at the beginning, it slows down very quickly afterwards and it will therefore take more time to charge a OnePlus 7 Pro than for a P30 Pro for example.
And we finish this part of the test with the modem. True to my habits, I have indeed tried to assess the speeds offered by the OnePlus 7 Pro with nPerf, using my Sosh line from the Paris region.
The terminal reached 189 mbps in reception and 18 mbps in transmission with a latency of 28 ms. Level scores, we have 95% in video and 85% in web, with a total score of 116,000 points.
We are therefore really good compared to the competition.
Photo, Video & Sound
On paper, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a strong case to be made.
It indeed embeds a dorsal module composed of three sensors with an IMX586 of 48 million pixels crowned with a wide-angle optic composed of seven lenses and offering an aperture at f / 1.6 with optical and digital stabilization, a sensor of 8 million of pixels topped with stabilized optics opening at f / 2.4 and a 16 million pixel sensor accompanied by an ultra wide angle opening at f / 2.2.
As a bonus, OnePlus announces a 3x optical zoom, multiple autofocus and recording videos in 4K at 30 or 60 frames per second. Not to mention taking pictures in RAW, HDR or all the functions related to AI.
At its launch, the OnePlus 7 Pro was however quite criticized in this field and the early adopters were quite disappointed by its performance in terms of photo and video.
OnePlus reacted quickly, however, and the firm has deployed several fixes in quick succession to improve the quality of the pictures taken with the phone. Which is finally quite funny since it had done exactly the same with the OnePlus 6T.
As far as I'm concerned, I preferred to wait for the deployment of the penultimate update from the company to assess the photo quality of the OnePlus 7 Pro. This is what partly explains why this test took so long to land.
And I'm going to be totally honest with you, I don't regret waiting. The last update indeed greatly improves the situation
In full natural light, the OnePlus 7 Pro does well with all the honors. If it does not manage to match the P30 Pro or the Galaxy S10, it is still able to output very sharp photos with a colorimetry that falls generally right.
The dynamic sins a bit in the shadows, but the terminal can still output images with a good level of contrast. Be careful, however, because it is also very sensitive to backlighting and it will therefore be preferable to pay close attention to the ambient light before starting to shoot.
Before the update, I noticed the presence of many artifacts on the enlargements of photos taken with the phone, especially in the shadows. However, the problem no longer arises since the update.
OnePlus has therefore taken care to correct the situation and this is obviously a good thing.
Often, the performance of the photo sensors of our smartphones collapses indoors or in low light. They are indeed dependent on their small size. The OnePlus 7 Pro is doing quite well in this area, however, thanks to the very nice opening of the optics of its wide angle.
As long as we stay on this focal length, the terminal will therefore be able to obtain photos with a good level of detail and fairly accurate colorimetry. The dynamics will always be perfectible, of course, but the result will not be catastrophic either.
I was also surprised by the good control of the telephone in terms of sensitivity. Oddly enough, the OnePlus 7 Pro isn't too prone to artifacts, even in auto mode. Once again, he pleasantly surprised me on this ground.
On the other hand, from my point of view, the biggest flaw of the phone remains the focus. She was very slow getting off the phone. The patch has improved things a bit, but the situation is not yet perfect and the OnePlus 7 Pro sometimes struggles to find its subject. It even happens to hit completely off and I think there is still room for improvement on this ground.
Now, I still remain confident. When we see the improvements made by the last patch, we say to ourselves that there is not too much need to worry.
And now is the time to tackle the famous subject of discord, namely the delicate question of zoom.
In theory, the OnePlus 7 Pro is supposed to offer 3x zoom when the user switches to its 8 million pixel sensor. However, while browsing, a user realized that this famous 8 million pixel sensor actually offered a definition of 13 million pixels when it was used in portrait mode.
Android Police were the first to dig up the news, and then it spread like wildfire across the web.
In order to cut short the criticisms, OnePlus therefore issued a press release explaining that its engineers had chosen to lower the resolution of photos taken in x3 zoom and to only use the center of the sensor to maintain maximum quality.
Technically, there is therefore a crop, but at the end of the day we don't really care because what really matters is the result.
And the result in question is frankly not bad. Unlike the P30 Pro, for example, the colorimetry remains the same, regardless of the focal length used.
But it was really the sharpness that surprised me. It is indeed excellent on the x3 zoom in bright light and I really didn't expect to get such results. The dynamics are not bad either and the focusing is quite fast.
On the other hand and to quibble a bit, when you zoom in hard in the image, you can see some artifacts in the shadows. This also means that it will not be possible to use these images on a large print run. Now, as a general rule, when taking photos with a smartphone, it is not to print banners behind.
The ultra wide angle is not bad for its part. At least not in terms of sharpness, colorimetry or dynamics. On the other hand, for the distortion, it's a whole different story and the photos will all be distorted on the sides. Now, it's hard to be amazed since that's the case with most ultra-wide angles on the market.
And the time has come to talk about video. And I think we have to start by talking about bitrate.
In video, bitrate is a way of quantifying the amount of data transmitted per second.
The higher the speed in question, the more information is recovered. This has the effect of improving the quality of the video.
And this was also one of the big flaws of the P30 Pro ( tested here ), a P30 Pro which was most often limited to around fifteen mbps against around 75 for an iPhone Xs for example.
On this, the OnePlus 7 Pro surprised me a lot since it managed to reach 142 mbps.
This is obviously impressive, but it remains a number and it is not worth a good old empirical appreciation.
And the empirical side, precisely, it is doing quite well. The OnePlus 7 Pro is indeed able to output very sharp videos with a beautiful colorimetry, a correct dynamic and a beautiful background blur effect.
The stabilization is quite effective, although it will not replace a good old hand stabilizer.
Although, it all depends on what you want to film. On a fixed plane, for example, with a phone held by hand, the integrated stabilization will be more than enough. On the other hand, on a trip, it is imperative to invest in a gimbal under penalty of ending up with an old elusive perspective effect.
The application is still as well thought out for its part.
By default, it will offer us four different modes: video mode, photo mode, portrait mode and night landscape mode. It will nevertheless suffice to pull one of the modes up to see additional modes appear.
Modes like pro mode, time lapse mode, panorama mode or slow motion mode.
Above the mode selection wheel are three buttons. They will be used to change the focal length and thus switch from ultra wide angle to wide angle via telephoto.
Additional options are present in a banner located at the top. In video mode, for example, this toolbar will allow you to change the definition of your recording and go for example from 4K at 60 fps to 1080p.
Photos and video are good, but the delicate question of sound remains to be mentioned.
I said this a little earlier, but the OnePlus 7 Pro offers stereo sound. The on-board system is indeed based on two speakers. The first is located on the bottom edge and the second in the space between the top of the screen and the top edge of the phone.
I would obviously have preferred that the two speakers were on the front. The sound would probably have been a little more balanced. Now, the OnePlus 7 Pro is still doing quite well despite the positioning of the second speaker. So we quickly get into the music, its video or its part.
Especially since the sound is of good quality. The highs aren't too loud and the bass doesn't choke the mids. In the end, I was rather pleasantly surprised.
Regarding the headphones, well it will already be necessary to go wireless since the OnePlus 7 Pro does not have a headphone jack. And there, everything will of course depend on what you connect to it. Personally, with my QC35, it goes really well.
Platform & Functions
It now remains for us to discuss the delicate question of the platform, and to look at the functions offered by the OnePlus 7 Pro.
The OnePlus 7 Pro unsurprisingly comes with Android 9.0 Pie. Unsurprisingly, because OnePlus has always been keen to provide the most recent software experience on its devices. And this for our greatest pleasure, of course.
At first glance, there aren't many changes to the interface. It is always so pleasant to use, with clear visuals and the minimum union in terms of applications.
However, it is funny to see that the terminal comes with Netflix. One way like any other to highlight the HDR10 + compatibility of the panel.
Nothing to say in terms of navigation. We find the same gesture system as the OnePlus 6T, a system that will allow us to free ourselves from the traditional touch buttons.
As a bonus, there are also some well-thought-out modes, like the game mode. It will launch automatically when we start a new game and it will allow us to deactivate notifications during our entire session or even to optimize the performance of our phone to win a few fps. It should be noted that the mode in question is offered in partnership with Fnatic and it relates in particular to the regulation of the process and the improvement of network performance.
Now, frankly, I didn't see a difference with this mode enabled. The OnePlus 7 Pro is a powerhouse anyway and nothing can resist it.
OnePlus has also implemented Zen mode. Once activated, all notifications and alerts will be blocked for a fixed period of time to allow us to focus on the essentials, namely our friends, relatives or even our pets. This mode effectively allows you to force yourself to disconnect.
The list is obviously not exhaustive. In reality, the OnePlus 7 Pro offers many other functions such as a migration utility or a tool capable of doubling an application to make multi-accounts.
The best part is that these additions do not distort the platform at all and they simply improve the existing one. It is an effective strategy that has greatly contributed to the success of the brand's products.
And we come, finally, to the conclusion of this test.
Design level, no doubts, OnePlus has entered a new era. The OnePlus 7 Pro benefits from very neat finishes and its borderless screen is really beautiful. So it's true, the terminal is quite heavy in the hand, but that's not surprising considering the materials used in its design.
Nothing to say about the technical part. The Snapdragon 855 is a monster of power and the screen is just bonkers. Especially with the 90 Hz which should be of great interest to gamers.
The autonomy is perfectible however and I think OnePlus could have done much better. Especially since fast charging is not that much and wireless charging is still missing.
Regarding the photo, the OnePlus 7 Pro started out with a hell of a handicap, but the latest updates have improved things a lot. This ultimately proves that the problem mainly came from the software part. If you want my opinion, it's better in that sense.
In the end, this OnePlus 7 Pro is a great surprise. So it's true, its selling price is a bit ticking, but it is perfectly deserved given the move upmarket. And then hey, if you want a cheaper phone, you can always fall back on the OnePlus 7. A OnePlus 7 which we will talk about very soon.